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Buying used Tesla Y or X.

I’ve opted to buy a used model X. I’ll be buying it from a private party that is far enough away that I’ll likely need to charge on the trip home. Can anyone shed some light on how I can charge at a Tesla charging station immediately after a purchase?
How does the account setup tie in to vehicle registration?

A few people have been burned by this. See if the seller would be willing to leave his credit card on the account until you get home with the understanding that you will reimburse him (or even pay up front) for any charging fees accrued.

It takes a few days for the account info to transfer over and you may find yourself stuck while traveling home. Another option is to look and see if there are any level 2 chargers you can make use of along the way. It will take longer to charge but you will be able to make it home.
 
A few people have been burned by this. See if the seller would be willing to leave his credit card on the account until you get home with the understanding that you will reimburse him (or even pay up front) for any charging fees accrued.

It takes a few days for the account info to transfer over and you may find yourself stuck while traveling home. Another option is to look and see if there are any level 2 chargers you can make use of along the way. It will take longer to charge but you will be able to make it home.
Ok, so if I stopped at an Electrify America for example and used a Tesla adapter, that would work since it’s a different pay source?
 
Ok, so if I stopped at an Electrify America for example and used a Tesla adapter, that would work since it’s a different pay source?

Yes - but you would need to make sure it's a Level 2 charger (J-1772) and not DCFC (Level 3).

Start with A Better Route Planner (www.abetterrouteplanner.com) to get a good idea of how much additional charge you will need for your trip. Then check plugshare.com to see if any Level 2 chargers (green pins) are available along your route.

Best bet is to see if current owner will leave his card on the account OR if it's his only Tesla, allow you to add your card to his account.
 

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I’ve opted to buy a used model X. I’ll be buying it from a private party that is far enough away that I’ll likely need to charge on the trip home. Can anyone shed some light on how I can charge at a Tesla charging station immediately after a purchase?
How does the account setup tie in to vehicle registration?
You can create an account before pickup. They can transfer the car to your account and happens almost immediately. If they release the car from the account without transferring, it could take a week or so to prove you own it.
 
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You can create an account before pickup. They can transfer the car to your account and happens almost immediately. If they release the car from the account without transferring, it could take a week or so to prove you own it.
This is the way.

I live in Minnesota and bought my X from a private seller in Florida. Zero complications if you follow the release process.

Effectively, the seller needs to login to their Tesla account in a web browser and hit "Delete" on the vehicle. When they do that, it asks for the email address of the buyer. It will also do a factory reset on the vehicle.
 
This is the way.

I live in Minnesota and bought my X from a private seller in Florida. Zero complications if you follow the release process.

Effectively, the seller needs to login to their Tesla account in a web browser and hit "Delete" on the vehicle. When they do that, it asks for the email address of the buyer. It will also do a factory reset on the vehicle.
Thank you!
 
New to the club, seriously looking at used Model Xs. I’m having trouble finding the options list of what was available in the 2016/2017 models.
I don’t know that a 90D would have the range I need, especially as it gets older but knowing there’s a standard and premium to the suspension, stereo system, etc, can anyone help me find such a list?
I think if car came with PUP (premium package) it included all fancy things you're looking for, search here, there's lots of threads about it.
Easiest way i found to tell is to look at dashboard, if the front strip is alcantara then it has PUP.
 
I’ve opted to buy a used model X. I’ll be buying it from a private party that is far enough away that I’ll likely need to charge on the trip home. Can anyone shed some light on how I can charge at a Tesla charging station immediately after a purchase?
How does the account setup tie in to vehicle registration?
Make sure the car is transferred from his account to yours before you leave. It sometimes takes 20 mins to reflect. Verify your account. Don’t leave without confirming. There is a link on his account to transfer ownership.
 
Make sure the car is transferred from his account to yours before you leave. It sometimes takes 20 mins to reflect. Verify your account. Don’t leave without confirming. There is a link on his account to transfer ownership.
I reached out to the seller to see if he was familiar with transferring, he said he would just cancel his ownership then I could sign up at Tesla.com. I offered that I’d heard of a transfer function on the app to which he replied that it could be done from the app or website. 🤷🏼‍♂️
 

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I reached out to the seller to see if he was familiar with transferring, he said he would just cancel his ownership then I could sign up at Tesla.com. I offered that I’d heard of a transfer function on the app to which he replied that it could be done from the app or website. 🤷🏼‍♂️
It will prompt when he actually does “remove car” from his account. Sounds like he’s clueless. Make sure you have a backup plan.
 
It will prompt when he actually does “remove car” from his account. Sounds like he’s clueless. Make sure you have a backup plan.
He removed the car from his app and thought that was good. I called him on the drive home when I knew I wouldn’t make it. We walked through the removal process over the phone. A big thank you to those that posted the how-to article! It was obvious he isn’t familiar with modern technology including anything Tesla.

I should have pressed for more info on what charger came with the model X because all it had was a 1st gen 120v charger.
I stopped at a dealership to see what chargers/adapters they had. I bought a new charger kit with the 120v head and the J1772 adapter. Then ordered the 240v head on the app. I’ll be charging it at work tomorrow, I hope that goes well or I’ll have to get a ride home, lol.
 
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